Grateful Dead Live at Soldier Field on 1995-07-08
A classic recording from the last of the mega-stadium days. I think this show speaks more to Grateful Dead history than anything spectacular musically.
This was my fist and only trip to Soldier Field and I was totally blown away by the size. I had never seen a stadium gig. By July of '95 I'd managed to hit 23 dead shows. And by number 24 I was beginning to feel like somewhat of a vertaran. (yeah right) I had no idea what I was in for. I had floor seats that night but actually went back to the taper section to plug-in. I had a great view of the entire stadium sitting front row of the balcony-like section that sat over the entrance to the floor. The Band opener was largely forgettable. The stadium started filling up in usual style during the Band's set and somewhat afterwards. From the opening notes of Jack Straw I had the most amazing feeling and was totally overwhelmed by the size of the whole thing. I couldn't believe this many people, all together all listening to the dead. It was just too much. And it was a picture perfect night. The sun was going down and had a nice reflection off the lake, it was simply beautiful.
The hightlight of this show is ofcourse the Visions of Johanna. Mona Lisa sure musta had the highway blues that night. That moment right there made the entire trip (from Ohio) worth it. A classic night sealed in time by Mr. Nutter's terrific recording.
Enjoy these tapes and remember the happiness the Grateful Dead has provided for all of us.
--Bill Gardner, 06/16/01
Subject: Thank you
It pains me to think there could be so much bad to say about any Grateful Dead show!---Says the 24 year old who has not seen Jerry, and first Live Dead Experience was in April of 2009---However, I like the tuning, hearing the taper conversation, soak in crowd banter. The greatest thing I think about them is a 1995 show is a 1995 show because 1965 existed. In other words, the entity that they are breathes with the times and the trials and tribulations of each member in life.
I have 400 plus cassettes. None are Perfect---Not even the Cornell ones, and they don't melt my tape decks (~);}}---They all are excellent because of what they each bring. The band, it's preservation, and what the surviving members do now is all beautiful. Okay I'm rambling. But thanks for prompting me to make an account and share some good Lovin vibes with you fine "'chiveheads"
Subject: To all you shit talking punks
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Subject: so what?
Subject: Yup, not the greatest
Subject: 2 reviews down
Sure not a gem, but surely not as bad as to sell your ticket for the next night.
I hope your tight-puckered asshole has released since 1995.
I miss any moment that I was lucky enough to witness, and this is one of them. Sure, plow through some great '77 or '89 shows, but don't diss the Dead altogether man!
I miss Jerry in any form. This recording and show is a 3 for nostalgic reasons.
Subject: Bless you forever ...
Subject: Not feeling it
I see that some reviews mention the 'Visions of Johanna' as a high point. If you were there, you'll remember the surge of the crowd as Jerry got a line out with A LITTLE bit of force comparatively. It was obvious that Jerry wasn't doing well and needed a break, but his sense of obligation to his fans superseded his own personal needs. It seemed selfish for the fans to demand the Dead to continue when their demise could be charted as a steadily downward slope since '79 or so (with moments of brilliance in summer '89, spring '90, some of '91 and some healthy Jerry for a little in '93).
Archive.org is an amazing site with pretty much every Dead show ever. Why not peruse for the REAL GOODS. It's not to hard to find a gem, but you won't find one here.
Subject: The Best..
Subject: Visions of Johanna
Subject: was it realy the end??
Subject: I MISS THESE GUYS TOO
Subject: Trapin... "Ya Nailed It"
I'll be the one with the Lorax T from the "Gahdin 91" and a Red Sox hat. Peace Brother
Subject: My last show
Subject: Thank You
Subject: last chance
Subject: nice aud
This was my first (and last) Dead show, I had a blast, danced by ass off, and was sound asleep as soon as we got back to the hotel. I loved it so much I planned to hit the Boston shows on fall tour. Never mind that I had no idea where the heck Boston was for that matter. :-) Well of course those plans never materialized due to Jerry's passing, but my life was never the same after this night!
Thanks to Marc Nutter and Bill Gardner for sharing.
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